Margins, outlook statements the key to 2022 profit season
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Margins, outlook statements the key to 2022 profit season

High commodity prices and a post-COVID bounce in employment and spending will drive results for 2022, but rates and inflation pose threats into next year.

Increased interest in private credit as inflation takes off but be cautious
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Increased interest in private credit as inflation takes off but be cautious

As rising inflation and interest rates bring an end to the ‘everything boom’, private credit funds may offer capital protection and higher yields for investors.

Sharply rising inflation puts focus on hedging strategies
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Sharply rising inflation puts focus on hedging strategies

Inflation is firmly on the rise and looks set to remain high for longer than most investors have experienced in recent memory. We look at how to prepare portfolios for the new world.

Commodities surge set to outlast supply disruptions as ESG pressures build
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Commodities surge set to outlast supply disruptions as ESG pressures build

Recent geopolitical uncertainty has helped strengthen mining, energy and commodity stocks already enjoying a post-covid surge but the sudden boom may prove longer-lasting than many expect as decarbonisation pressures grow.

Post-pandemic boost to the digital healthcare sector
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Post-pandemic boost to the digital healthcare sector

The pandemic has sped up the digital transformation of the economy, boosting the scale of data being produced while leading to a surge in the focus on healthcare, creating new opportunities in digital healthcare providers.

Post-pandemic, A-REITS faces challenges and new opportunities
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Post-pandemic, A-REITS faces challenges and new opportunities

Australia’s real estate investment trusts have weathered a volatile time since the pandemic storm hit but the asset has proved its resilience and new opportunities are emerging. 

How inflation affects retail stocks
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How inflation affects retail stocks

Inflation is re-emerging and may have major implications for financial markets. MST Marquee Senior Analyst Craig Woolford says it may be beneficial for listed retailers, but investors should tread carefully.

Why the markets are hitting new highs, even as the economy falters
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Why the markets are hitting new highs, even as the economy falters

Australia’s economy powered out of the 2020 lockdowns to record three quarters of strong GDP growth through to the first quarter of this year.  With June 2021 quarter data on Wednesday, can that momentum continue or did the end of Job Keeper wage subsidy and weak consumer data herald a slide to a double-dip recession?  

BetaShares economist David Bassanese shares his view on what the data will tell us and how markets are preparing for it. 

Will the momentum continue? – Themes to watch for this reporting season
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Will the momentum continue? – Themes to watch for this reporting season

The February reporting season was the strongest in 20 years, underpinned by record earnings upgrades. But can the momentum continue? With August earnings approaching, Morningstar Head of Equity Research Peter Warnes says the news is likely to be mixed this time around and provides some tips on what to look out for to ride the global recovery.

Positioning your portfolio for inflation
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Positioning your portfolio for inflation

Investors will need to start thinking about how to position their portfolio for rising inflation with expected economic growth in the wake of large-scale fiscal support and stimulatory money policy.

Inside the SPAC hype: What investors need to know
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Inside the SPAC hype: What investors need to know

Markets across the world are experiencing a boom in SPACs - a Special Purpose Acquisition Company. Branded as blank-cheque companies, the overseas enthusiasm for these companies remains robust in 2021, and while there are no signs that Australia is about to embrace blank-cheque companies, there are some cautionary lessons for local investors investing offshore.

Investor implications from the "pandemic" budget
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Investor implications from the "pandemic" budget

Big spending initiatives in the 2021 Federal Budget aim to drive economic growth. With the risk of inflation low, investors can expect a positive outlook for asset markets.

Banking on dividends
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Banking on dividends

There is some good news for income-seeking investors with possible buybacks in the pipeline as the big banks reported a lift in dividend payments in the May reporting season.

Record economic rebound
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Record economic rebound

National Accounts

Biggest lift in spending in 12 years
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Biggest lift in spending in 12 years

Retail trade | Statement on Monetary Policy

Tailoring advice for different client personalities
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Tailoring advice for different client personalities

When offering financial advice to clients it’s important to understand their unique personalities and behaviours.

Year in Review. Year in Preview
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Year in Review. Year in Preview

2020 recap and 2021 outlook

The Big Issues of 2021
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The Big Issues of 2021

COVID-19 | The Biden era | Monetary policy | China | Climate change | Economic inequality | Employment | Migration.

Millennial investors see opportunity in 2020 disruption, despite risks
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Millennial investors see opportunity in 2020 disruption, despite risks

Online brokers are seeing record numbers of account openings despite market volatility. Financial advisers are well placed to assist new investors.

Australia in recession: the key factors affecting our economic recovery
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Australia in recession: the key factors affecting our economic recovery

All eyes will be on the RBA in November and December as it ponders a potentially significant rate cut. But there are other factors to consider in the face of a very uneven recession.

What US exposure means for investors
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What US exposure means for investors

Australian investors who bet on the US tech mega-caps to outperform through the COVID-19 pandemic have been handsomely rewarded. However, the way forward is less certain.

The role of super funds during COVID-19
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The role of super funds during COVID-19

Access to their super has assisted many Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic. But these savings will also need to underpin the recovery as we navigate out of economic crisis.

The economics of COVID-19
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The economics of COVID-19

Weekly Petrol Prices | Business Indicators | Credit | Inflation gauge | China data

Portfolio construction in uncertain times
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Portfolio construction in uncertain times

Portfolio review and asset allocation are critical during heightened market volatility. And there are lessons to be learnt from how fund managers handle similar challenges.

Trading in volatile times
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Trading in volatile times

Times of volatility may call for revised trading strategies. This piece looks at areas where advisers can improve, especially when placing large trades in the marketplace.

Beyond COVID-19: key metrics and sectors to watch over 2020
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Beyond COVID-19: key metrics and sectors to watch over 2020

CommSec Senior Economist Ryan Felsman considers how the recovery from COVID-19 will play out and picks the sectors most likely to thrive and flounder.

Economic update: What advisers need to know
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Economic update: What advisers need to know

In periods of market volatility it is vital that advisers keep clients focused on their plan. It is also a chance to reinforce why financial advice is integral to meeting long-term goals.

The sharing economy: will disrupted incumbents bounce back in 2020?
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The sharing economy: will disrupted incumbents bounce back in 2020?

The sharing economy will continue to disrupt established businesses but CommSec Chief Equities Economist Craig James warns that incumbents are increasingly finding ways to fight back.

Investing when the market is volatile
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Investing when the market is volatile

Economic backdrop: Market volatility at record highs; what should investors look at in a volatile market; and keeping an eye on your portfolio